Patrick Larkin

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Conway private partner gets the go ahead


The private partner for the Conway Recreation Center, the Sanneh Foundation, has begun its transition into the facility. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After a long process, the private partner for Conway Rec Center, the Sanneh Foundation, has the official go ahead at Conway Recreation Center.
The Sanneh Foundation had originally hoped to have a contract in place with St. Paul by Sept. 1. That was delayed by contract negotiations and city processes.
But on Wednesday, Nov. 20, the contract was approved by the city council.

Mon
25
Nov

City identifies East Seventh Street as a starter streetcar route


A map of the Seventh Street streetcar line’s rough outline was drafted by the city. The alignment through downtown is yet to be determined. (submitted graphic)

The East Side could be first in the cue for a streetcar line.
In the final phase of the city’s Streetcar Feasibility Study, the East Seventh Street corridor was identified as a top choice for routes.

Mon
25
Nov

With guilty verdicts in sex ring, case comes to a close

The sex ring case involving two brothers and their uncles is wrapping up, with four sets of guilty verdicts.
All four Washington family members that were charged in April, including two brothers and their uncles, have now been convicted for sex trafficking.
The last of four family members, Otis Deno Washington, 30, of St. Paul, was found guilty of sex trafficking crimes on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Mon
25
Nov

East Siders celebrate community booster’s retirement


Karin DuPaul (right), standing with “the spirit of Swede Hollow,” looks out at the crowd of people that attended her party on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Historic Mounds Theatre. DuPaul will retire from the Dayton’s Bluff district council after 30 years of involvement. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For some people’s retirement parties, they get a cake, a greeting card and maybe a little scrapbook.
But not Karin DuPaul, community organizer at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. That would be a small gesture in comparison to the theatrical commemoration of her 30 some years of service to the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
DuPaul will turn 70 next week and in December plans to retire from her post as the community engagement coordinator at the Dayton’s Bluff District Council. She served on the council’s board from 1982 to 1994, and started as the community coordinator there in 1996.

Mon
18
Nov

Metro State comes up with new, neighbor-friendly parking ramp


Before and after drawings of Metro State’s parking ramp plans show two different approaches. The new design includes a lower-profile parking ramp that’s one less story high, and allows for “street appeal” buildings along East 7th Street. (submitted graphic)

At long last, Metro State University seems to have a plan for a new parking ramp that doesn’t visibly anger its neighbors.
The school held closed-door meetings with community members and politicians, and came up with a new plan for their new buildings.

Mon
18
Nov

Family of hit-and-run motorcyclist will sell family home


The modest story and a half bungalow at 1455 East 6th St. was home to several generations of the Kromschroeder family. Now, the Kromschroeders are hoping a new family will pick it up and start their own family home. (photo courtesy of Jaime Holst)

For one East Side home, it’s the end of an era.
For the first time in a century, there will not be a Kromschroeder living in the 3-bedroom bungalow that sits just north of Harding High School on East 6th Street.
The stucco bungalow, with a modest and classic feel, was built in 1916 by the same family that lived there up until September. The last Kromschroeder still on the East Side, 92-year-old Roy Kromschroeder was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident.

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18
Nov

Group focuses on fixing East Side feral cats


A feral cat comes out from hiding to feed last week. The cat is one of about a dozen living along the 800 block of East Third Street in the Mounds Park area. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

One feline-friendly group of volunteers is seeking to curb the feral cat population in the East Side.
They’re using an approach called “trap-neuter-return” to do it, a practice that’s only been legal in the city since 2007.
Deb Hernandez, who volunteers with Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter based in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, has identified two colonies near her home that the group is focusing on.

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18
Nov

Group inspires East Siders to reach out to troubled youth


The graduates of the East Side’s Ambassadors for Youth program devoted eight Tuesday nights to learn how to connect with kids in their community. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rather than focus on how policing can help reduce youth crime on the East Side, Dave Wilmes from St. Paul Youth Services suggests a more multi-faceted approach.
Neighbors, he asserts, are an untapped resource.
While many residents feel motivated to work with young people, they don’t always know how, he said. So he’s hoping St. Paul Youth Services’ Ambassadors for Youth program will give them the knowledge they need to reach out.

Mon
11
Nov

Old Hamm’s complex is getting fishy, green, boozey and hoppy


The new site of Flat Earth Brewing is shown on a blustery day on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Since John Warner, the owner of the company, started cleaning it with a crew, they’ve painted the trim black, added glass brick windows along the main floor, and cleaned the entire first floor. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

With the cold weather coming on in the Twin Cities, the business owners at the old Hamm’s Brewery are pushing forward.
Tilapia are swimming around in Urban Organics; Flat Earth Brewing is poised to put in brewing equipment, and 11 Wells Distillery is power-washing its way into operation.

Mon
11
Nov

First-timer and East Sider Chue Vue led school board race

When Chue Vue moved to the U.S. at the age of 10, he didn’t speak a word of English.
Now, with the help of public schools, he’s not only a fluent English speaker but also an attorney and the newest member of the St. Paul School Board. He will be the only Asian-American onboard.
The 45-year-old East Sider won one of three open school board slots, taking 30.8 percent of the votes, on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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